TEEN spin sensation Georgia Wareham has made history.
Following her debut for Mortlake’s Division One cricket side last weekend, Wareham was unveiled as the final signing for the inaugural Melbourne Renegades Women’s side.
Wareham is proving age is no barrier to success, with the 16 year-old officially the youngest in the competition.
She is a right-arm leg spin bowler, one of nine spin bowlers and one of 15 players in the Melbourne Renegades squad.
The Mortlake College student has gone from strength to strength this year, making her debut for Mortlake’s top side one to remember, finishing with 3-36 with two maidens off 10 overs, before scoring 13 batting at number six.
Wareham, who was officially unveiled on the Melbourne Renegades website on Tuesday, said she was excited to play in the inaugural match against Hobart Hurricanes in Launceston on December 11.
“I’ve watched most Big Bash games and I’ve followed the Renegades, so it’s really exciting to get the opportunity to play for them,” Wareham said.
“It’s really exciting to be involved in the first season of the WBBL and I’m looking forward to playing with and against the best Australian and international players.”
Wareham has played 102 matches for Mortlake since making her debut in the 2013/14 season, playing for the Cobden and Camperdown Community Bank Under 16s and two matches for Camperdown’s division three side.
Last season, Wareham split her duties between under 16s and Mortlake’s division two side, taking 20 wickets in 15 matches for the latter at an average of 17.60, which included a 4-33 haul.
She made her debut last weekend after playing three division two matches and one division three match this season.
In her five matches, she has taken 14 wickets, including the three she took at the top level on the weekend against Cobden.
Earlier this year, she was prominent in Victoria’s 61-run loss in Cricket Australia’s under 18 female championships final in Ballarat.
She has represented Victoria and Australia on multiple occasions, including the under 15s girls national squad when she was just 13 years old.
Most recently, Wareham was recognised for her standout performances in the women’s section of the Festival of Cricket last month, after she posted innings of 99 and 92 not out and 106 in the grand final.
Melbourne Renegades’ first training session will be next Monday at Junction Oval.